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May 30, 2013

EXPLAINING OBAMACARE: Nick Tate's new book is called a 'survival guide.'

Niagara Gazette — Once a young high schooler deeply impacted by Love Canal, a former Niagara Falls man has written a best-seller about the most important health issue facing Americans today.

Nick Tate is the author of “ObamaCare: A Survival Guide,” which recently hit number one on a New York Times best-seller list.

The LaSalle High School graduate, whose father, Nicholas, was a well-known football coach at LaSalle, has written a tome on the complex legislation officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He calls the act “one of the most significant and controversial pieces of social legislation in the history of the United States.”

A newspaperman by trade, now living in Southern Florida, his book is the most successful ever produced by his publishing house, Humanix Books of Boca Raton, according to his publishing representative.

The health care reporter said he delved deeply into the intricacies of the health plan.

“I’ve spent, literally, the last two or three years of my life focused on trying to figure this health care reform legislation out,” Tate said during a recent telephone interview. “What’s it going to cost? I don’t think we fully know.”

“Will there be the money and political will to fund 500-some provisions, will efforts of congress to scale back or delay components of the law succeed?” he asked. “Nobody really knows.”

A former reporter with the Sun Sentinel until cutbacks there about a year ago, Tates’ roots in Niagara Falls are deep. His grandparents lived on 17th Street. 

His mom, Annette, is not surprised her thoughtful young son has grown into a best-selling author. 

“He was very cerebral,” she said, when asked to describe her son in his youth. “He wrote from the time he was very young.”

When the discovery of toxins buried in Love Canal hit Niagara Falls like an environmental tsunami, Tate was deeply impacted.

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